Published Apr 18, 2007Id like to think that girl bands have gotten past the raunchy rocknroll, "lets rock out!, woo stigma. Id like to think solely female bands can make a classy, educated contribution to the current landscape of rock music but time and time again, a record like Hunter Valentines The Impatient Romantic shows up and proves I am a wishful thinker. Its a bit embarrassing to say the least, as bands like the Like and soloists such as Amy Millan and Feist have taken grand steps away from the girl rocknroll the Donnas made popular in the 90s. But some girls just dont get it. These Torontonians are back-pedalling so fast theyve run out of redeeming qualities. Like the Flairs before them, Canadas alt-rock fans may grant Hunter Valentine some short-lived hype before the accessible tracks bore. "Typical is a fitting name for such a simple rocknroll cut despite its supposedly ironic intentions (the song starts off saying, "lets not be typical) and "The Problem With Devotion shows Kiyoni McCloskey snarling like shes doing a drunk Dave Grohl karaoke attempt, and she doesnt let up for the whole album. Thats as raunchy as it gets and it is completely run of the mill. It quite frankly, makes me want to march over to these three rock stars, slap them upside the head and say, "stop trying to prove you can rock out and start writing some actual music.
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